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Katelyn
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Sweetness and Light
Sweetness and Light
This is a redo of a photo I submitted earlier in the month. The original looked way too cool after I uploaded it, so I learned how to soft-proof in different OS color spaces so I could try to maintain the warmth I wanted. I also decided to add the blend (from Heather McBride) just to mix things up.

AB B400 w/Giant softbox, my silver/gold reflector and my beautiful little model. I used my 24-105mm f/4 IS USM at 105mm @ f/6.3 @ 1/125th.

I feel like I am looking directly into her soul when I look at this photo. It captures how she is an old soul and wise beyond her years.
© Michele Heitner-Brabender
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Janine Russell
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    Michele, what a sweet portrait; great clarity, lighting and effects.

8/31/2007 11:04:47 PM

 
maria I. Warren
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beautiful love the effects nice job

8/31/2007 11:27:21 PM

 
Shannon Edmonds
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Wow. She looks so creamy perfect. I have a similar light set up. I just got my bee and softbow a few months ago. I love seeing what others have done with thiers. This is just so polished perfect. You really can see through her eyes into her soul.

8/31/2007 11:49:47 PM

 
Autum Rhoades
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So cute! Wonderful image, Michele! Congrats on your finalist!

9/21/2007 10:06:26 AM

 

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Beautifully done Michele! Congrats on this wonderful finalist. I loved reading your thoughts on this photo. Your model is beautiful and she looks so very sweet.

9/21/2007 10:11:51 AM

 
Toni Riggs
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Beautiful image, congrats!

9/21/2007 11:08:37 AM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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So impressive, a gorgeous finalist!! Congratulations!!!

9/21/2007 11:24:39 AM

 
Erin Tyler
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Beautiful! Congrats!

9/21/2007 11:30:26 AM

 
Teresa Norris
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SO beautiful...just stunning. Congratulations on this wonderful finalist!

9/21/2007 12:13:56 PM

 
Terri Beloit
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Excellent work, Michele! Love the subject and great work with the effects and colors! Congrats on being a finalist...it's well deserved!

9/21/2007 12:34:33 PM

 
Alison Greenwood
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This is stunning! Congratulations on an incredible finalist!!!

9/21/2007 1:46:48 PM

 
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Congratulations on this beautiful finalist!

9/21/2007 4:52:39 PM

 
Wendy Bristol
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Beautiful finalist!

9/21/2007 7:32:09 PM

 
Dominick M. Dimacale
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Congratulations Michelle on your Finalist...Dominick

9/21/2007 11:17:38 PM

 
Tayseera Al-Barram
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Amazing beauty, well done!! A big congratulations on this amazing finalist!!!

9/21/2007 11:33:04 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations Michelle on your adorable finalist. Good luck in the next round.

9/22/2007 5:53:47 PM

 
Amy Weiland
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This is beautiful work! I love the combination of background images. Very professional effect.

9/22/2007 9:06:58 PM

 
Jennifer S
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Just beautiful Michelle!!

9/23/2007 5:43:28 AM

 
Joan Kocak
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truly stunning, congrats to you!

9/23/2007 2:49:51 PM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! Congrats!

9/23/2007 6:44:08 PM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! Congrats!

9/23/2007 6:44:25 PM

 
Susi Lawson
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Sooooo adorable! Congrats!

9/23/2007 7:35:16 PM

 
Khotib Fitrian

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Very sharp and clear Janine, congrat!

9/24/2007 8:44:06 AM

 
Michele Heitner-Brabender
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Thank you so much! :)

9/24/2007 12:26:02 PM

 
Teresa Norris
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I think this is SO incredible...congratulations on a wonderful winner, Michele!!

9/24/2007 12:27:25 PM

 
Chastity Abbott
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I love all the pink tones in this and the work you applied!!! Such a doll baby she is and those big catchlights are truly amazing!!!!! You did beautiful with this!!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! :)

9/24/2007 12:37:52 PM

 
Sharon K. King
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This is Beautiful! Congratulations!

9/24/2007 1:34:49 PM

 
Mary K. Robison
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Congratulations on your well-deserved win!

9/24/2007 5:54:40 PM

 
Kay E. Mahoney
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Congratulations on your beautiful second place winner.

9/24/2007 7:33:00 PM

 
Colleen Farrell
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This is the first--and only, so far--portrait I've ever added to my faves. Just sensational, everything about it. Thanks also for the info on how you made it. BIG congratulations on your very well-deserved win, Michele!

9/24/2007 10:42:02 PM

 
Jean E. Hildebrant
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Beautifully composed and edited! How could you go wrong with that little face? Congrats!!!

9/29/2007 8:23:50 AM

 
Janine Russell
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Michele, sweet portrait; excellent tones, clarity, lighting and effects; big congratulations on your Second Place Win!

9/29/2007 1:01:52 PM

 

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Love what you did with this and the picture is so precious. Great job! Congrats on your win!

10/2/2007 7:24:31 AM

 
Michele Heitner-Brabender
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Thank you all so much.

This is my daughter -- she is just two years old. Last night she had a stroke and we don't yet know what the outcome will be. If you're the praying kind, please pray for her. She's an amazing little person.

10/2/2007 10:15:53 PM

 
David Gilliland
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I'll pray right now. Be strong and of good courage. God knows the outcome and loves her more than we could ever imagine. Trust. Have faith. And pray. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. You will stay in my prayers.

10/4/2007 6:26:54 AM

 
Michelle L. Frick
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Oh Michelle - your family is definitely in my prayers. I was just coming to comment on this amazingly gorgeous image, and when I read your note, my heart sank. She's beautiful, and I hope she is on the road to recovery. Be well.

10/9/2007 8:13:35 PM

 
Tonya Shackelford
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I just came across this also and wanted to say what a beautiful daughter you have and this image is breathtaking of her. I am so sorry to see your comment above, my heart also dropped and the tears started coming when I read it. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers and I hope to see some good news about your daughter.

10/24/2007 6:36:59 AM

 
Shelly A. Van Camp
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Beautiful...you and her are in my prayers. Keep us posted.

11/23/2007 3:47:25 PM

 
Michele Heitner-Brabender
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Katelyn as recovered from her stroke with few deficits. If you met her, you'd probably never realize. We are so blessed and so grateful for all your prayers. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.

1/31/2008 12:19:47 AM

 
Michele Heitner-Brabender
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Katelyn as recovered from her stroke with few deficits. If you met her, you'd probably never realize. We are so blessed and so grateful for all your prayers. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.

1/31/2008 12:20:12 AM

 
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